We stayed two nights in a very well appointed housekeeping unit on site. One night we ordered a meal prepared at the hotel which we optioned to eat in our room. The food arrived hot, plated,
and pleasantly presented. My wife had a vegetarian option and I the schnitzel which was surprisingly good.
The cost of the room and meals were modest given the quality and the hosts Dave and Kelly were most helpful in their advice as to local attractions. The site is perfectly located for a day trip to Kruger National Park which we enjoyed tremendously.
The hippos at the pools are at times highly entertaining. We were delighted when suddenly they all decided en mass to stop sunbathing on the sand bank and charged as a group into the river. The resulting mini tsumami was impressive.
We stayed in off season (end of May) and consequently at this and other locations received excellent rates and uncrowded facilities. There is a huge pool on site along with a games room
with table tennis and a pool table all of which we enjoyed on an almost exclusive basis.
All in all we would recommend this resort to our friends and will return on our next visiy to South Africa.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hippo Pools Resort is a friendly and intimate holiday resort situated on the banks of the mighty Olifants River. The resort is in close proximity to the Kruger National Park with two of the most popular main gates within 45 minutes’ drive. Only 22 km from Hoedspruit and within easy driving distance of local tourism attractions of the area, the resort is an ideal base to explore and enjoy the best that the Lowveld has to offer.Hippo Pools Resort has variety of accommodation options, with something for everyone - from family groups to business travellers looking for an overnight stopover. Cosy thatched Rondavels and poolside rooms at the main resort complex offer accommodation for couples and smaller families. Just a short walk away from the resort and nestled under jackalberry, wild fig and leadwood trees are the riverside houses each with three bedrooms, splash pool, and spectacular views over the Olifants River. All rooms are well equipped for self-caterers.The Resort has its own restaurant, licenced bar and tea garden that are open daily. Light snacks can be ordered at any time and pre-bookings can be made if you require breakfast and/or dinner.Hippo Pools Resort is also the perfect venue for conferences, functions and year-end parties. Our quaint little chapel under shady trees and next to the river provides a romantic setting for weddings both large and small. Access to the resort is by tarred road and for the aeroplane enthusiasts; the resort has an 800 metre tarred runway. Planes can be parked within viewing distance of the rooms and both fly-in weekends and fly-out breakfasts can be arranged.Hippo Pools Resort is home to a range of resident wildlife including the wallowing hippos who are our namesake! They can often be found relaxing in the pools of the Olifants River right in front of our riverside houses. Waterbuck, duiker, vervet monkeys, baboons and banded mongoose are often spotted, as is an array of fantastic bird life. Our bird list includes kingfishers, fish eagles, marshal eagles, trumpeter hornbills, rollers and even the elusive Pels fishing owl have been observed, to name but a few.If you are looking for a relaxed yet professional atmosphere with the perfect location and something for everyone, then Hippo Pools Resort is the place to stay! ... more less
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